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(12) Patent Application: (11) CA 2945900
(54) English Title: METHOD
(54) French Title: PROCEDE
(51) International Patent Classification (IPC):
  • C07D 499/87 (2006.01)
(72) Inventors :
  • FAINI, ANDREA (Italy)
  • FORZATTI, MARCO (Italy)
  • FOGLIATO, GIOVANNI (Italy)
  • BIONDI, STEFANO (Italy)
(73) Owners :
  • ALLECRA THERAPEUTICS SAS (France)
(71) Applicants :
  • ALLECRA THERAPEUTICS SAS (France)
(74) Agent: GOWLING WLG (CANADA) LLP
(74) Associate agent:
(45) Issued:
(86) PCT Filing Date: 2015-05-14
(87) Open to Public Inspection: 2015-11-19
(30) Availability of licence: N/A
(30) Language of filing: English

(30) Application Priority Data:
Application No. Country/Territory Date
1408649.0 United Kingdom 2014-05-15

English Abstract

A method of forming a compound of formula (IIIa); wherein: R1 in each occurrence is independently selected from H, halogen, amino, C1-5 alkyl, C1-5 alkenyl and C1-5 alkynyl; R2 in each occurrence is independently selected from H, halogen, amino, C1-5 alkyl, C1-5 alkenyl and C1-5 alkynyl; R4 is C1-5 alkyl; and R6 is a C1-5 fluoroalkyl; and PG is a protecting group, the method comprising the step of reacting a compound of formula (Ila) with a compound of formula (VIII).


French Abstract

La présente invention concerne un procédé de formation d'un composé de formule (IIIa); R1 étant dans chaque occurrence indépendamment choisi parmi H, halogène, amino, alkyle en C1-5, alcényle en C1-5 et alcynyle en C1-5; R2 étant dans chaque occurrence indépendamment choisi parmi H, halogène, amino, alkyle en C1-5, alcényle en C1-5 et alcynyle en C1-5; R4 étant alkyle en C1-5; et R6 étant un fluoroalkyle en C1-5; et PG étant un groupe protecteur, le procédé comprenant l'étape consistant à faire réagir un composé de formule (Ila) avec un composé de formule (VIII).


Note: Claims are shown in the official language in which they were submitted.

Claims
1. A method of forming a compound of formula (Ma):
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wherein:
R1 in each occurrence is independently selected from H, halogen, amino, C1-5.
alkyl, C1-5 alkenyl and C1-5. alkynyl;
R2 in each occurrence is independently selected from H, halogen, amino, C1-5.
alkyl, C1-5 alkenyl and C1-5 alkynyl;
R4 is C1-5 alkyl; and
R6 is a C1-5 fluoroalkyl; and
PG is a protecting group,
the method comprising the step of reacting a compound of formula (IIa) with a
compound of formula (VIII):
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2. A method according to claim 1 wherein PG is a group of formula SiR33
wherein R3 in each occurrence is independently selected from C1-10
hydrocarbyl or C1-5 alkoxy, optionally C1-5 alkyl, C1-5 alkoxy, phenyl, and
phenyl-C1-4 alkyl
3. A method according to claim 1 or 2 wherein R4 is methyl.
4. A method according to any preceding claim wherein R6 is a C1-5
perfluoroalkyl.
5. A method according to claim 4 wherein R6 is trifluoromethyl.
6. A method according to any preceding claim wherein the reaction is
performed
in a polar, aprotic solvent.
7. A method according to any preceding claim wherein the reaction is
performed
at a temperature of no more than 10°C.
8. A method of forming a compound of formula (IV):
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wherein R1 in each occurrence is independently selected from H, halogen,
amino, C1-5 alkyl, C1-5 alkenyl and C1-5 alkynyl; R2 in each occurrence is
independently selected from H, halogen, amino, C1-5 alkyl, C1-5 alkenyl and C1-

alkynyl; and R4 is C1-5 alkyl;
the method comprising the step of reacting a compound of formula (III) with
a 2-ethylhexanoate salt:
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wherein X- is an anion and each R3 is independently selected from the group
consisting of C1-10hydrocarbyl and C1-5 alkoxy.
9. A method according to claim 8 wherein the 2-ethylhexanoate salt is a
metal 2-
ethylhexanoate.
10. A method according to claim 9 wherein the metal is an alkali.
11. A method according to any of claims 8-10 wherein the compound of
formula
(III) is added to a solution of the 2-ethylhexanoate salt
12. A method of forming a compound of formula (II)
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wherein R1 in each occurrence is independently selected from H, halogen,
amino, C1-5 alkyl, C1-5 alkenyl and C1-5 alkynyl; R2 in each occurrence is
independently selected from H, halogen, amino, C1-5 alkyl, C1-5 alkenyl and C1-

alkynyl; and R3 in each occurrence is independently selected from the group
consisting of C1-5 alkoxy and C1-10 hydrocarbyl, optionally C1-5 alkyl,
phenyl,
and phenyl-C1-4 alkyl;

the method comprising the step of reacting a compound of formula (I) with
less than a molar equivalent of a compound of formula (V)
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wherein R5 is C1-5 alkyl.
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Method
Field of the invention
The present invention relates to methods of forming methyl penam derivatives,
in
particular methyl penam derivatives suitable for use with p ¨lactam
antibiotics as p ¨
lactamase inhibitors.
Background of the invention
Emergence and dissemination of resistance is an inevitable consequence of the
evolutionary dynamic set in motion by the introduction of antibiotics,
irrespective of
structural class or mode of action (Shapiro S. 2013. Speculative strategies
for new
antibacterials: all roads should not lead to Rome. J. Antibiot. 66: 371-386).
Spread of
resistance amongst clinically relevant pathogens has had an especially strong
impact on
the value of il-lactam antibiotics, heretofore regarded as very safe and
efficacious
therapies for serious bacterial infections. The appearance of new and
aggressive p-
lactamases, particularly extended spectrum il-lactamases (ESBLs) and other
class A
enzymes, has compromised the ability of il-lactams to combat infections,
highlighting the
need for development of new products (Fisher JF, Meroueh SO, Mobashery S.
2005.
Bacterial resistance to il-lactam antibiotics: compelling opportunism,
compelling
opportunity. Chem. Rev. 105: 395-424). Whilst several 3-lactamase inhibitors,
which
protect il-lactam antibiotics from hydrolysis, have been used in combination
with some p-
lactams, the capability of these 3-lactamase inhibitors to preserve the
antibacterial
activity of il-lactams has eroded severely during the past decade,
necessitating the search
for new, more potent 3-lactamase inhibitors to restore therapeutic utility of
their il-lactam
partners (Watkins RR, Papp-Wallace KM, Drawz SM, Bonomo RA. 2013. Novel 3-
lactamase inhibitors: a therapeutic hope against the scourge of multidrug
resistance.
Front. Microbiol. 4: 392).
WO 2008/010048 discloses p ¨lactamase inhibitors having the following formula:
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R2 0
R3-,_ __ i-\\S*() (Th +
A Het N¨R
'----1\1----ci
0 3
R1
The 13 ¨lactamase inhibitors disclosed in WO 2008/010048 includes the compound

(2S,3S,5R)-3-methy1-343-methy1-1H-1,2,3-triazol-3-ium-1-yllmethyl)-7-oxo-4-
thia-1-
azabicyclo13.2.01heptane-2-carboxylate 4,4-dioxide (formula A):
HCO
N
0 :=:.
0
(A)
The R group is formed by a substitution reaction, for example by reaction with
methyl
iodide in the case of formula (A).
WO 2008/010048 discloses formation of amorphous compounds isolated by
filtering and
lyophilisation.
It is an object of the invention to provide an improved process for
manufacture of 2-
methyl penam derivatives.
It is a further object of the invention to provide a process for manufacture
of 2-methyl
penam derivatives that is suitable for industrial-scale manufacture.
Summary of the invention
In a first aspect the invention provides a method of forming a compound of
formula
(Ma):
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R1 04
R1--H7)<\ ,N +
0 R2
R4 R6¨ S03-
N .
)----(
R2
0 \
PG
Formula (Ma)
wherein:
R1 in each occurrence is independently selected from H, halogen, amino, C1_5
alkyl, Ci_5
alkenyl and C1_5 alkynyl;
R2 in each occurrence is independently selected from H, halogen, amino, Ci_5
alkyl, Ci_5
alkenyl and C1_5 alkynyl;
R4 iS C1_5 alkyl; and
R6 is a Ci_5 fluoroalkyl; and
PG is a protecting group,
the method comprising the step of reacting a compound of formula (Ha) with a
compound
of formula (VIII):
R1 04
R1----\71)<õ N
IN \\
0 R2 0
II
1-0 R2 R6¨S-0¨R4
0 \ II
PG 0
(Ha) (VIII)
In a second aspect the invention provides a method of forming a compound of
formula
(IV):
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R1 0
Nr-NN\
,¨N N¨R4
0
R2
R2
0 0-
(IV)
wherein R1 in each occurrence is independently selected from H, halogen,
amino, Ci_5
alkyl, Ci_5 alkenyl and C1_5 alkynyl; R2 in each occurrence is independently
selected from
H, halogen, amino, Ci_5 alkyl, Ci_5 alkenyl and C1_5 alkynyl; and R4 is C1_5
alkyl;
the method comprising the step of reacting a compound of formula (III) with a
2-
ethylhexanoate salt:
R1 0
R1 N ' X-
1\:\
N¨R4
0
R2
R2
0
SiR33
(III)
wherein X- is an anion and each R3 is independently selected from the group
consisting
of C1_10 hydrocarbyl and C1_5 alkoxy.
The compound of formula (III) reacted in the second aspect of the invention
may be
formed by the method described in the first aspect in the case where PG of
formula (Ma)
is a group of formula SiR33.
In a third aspect the invention provides a method of forming a compound of
formula (II):
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R1 0
R1 N\=N
0
R2
0
Si R33
(II)
wherein R1 in each occurrence is independently selected from H, halogen,
amino, C1_5
alkyl, C1_5 alkenyl and C1_5 alkynyl; R2 in each occurrence is independently
selected from
H, halogen, amino, Ci_5 alkyl, Ci_5 alkenyl and C1_5 alkynyl; and R3 in each
occurrence is
independently selected from the group consisting of C1_5 alkoxy and C1_10
hydrocarbyl,
optionally C1_5 alkoxy, C1_5 alkyl, phenyl, and phenyl-C14 alkyl;
the method comprising the step of reacting a compound of formula (I) with less
than a
molar equivalent of a compound of formula (V)
R1 0
R1 N Ns\ N R5
R3 R3
0
R3¨Si-0 N¨Si¨R3
R2
0 R3 R3
(I) (V)
wherein R5 is Ci_5 alkyl.
The compound of formula (II) formed by the method of the third aspect may be
used in
the reaction of the first aspect in the case where PG of formula (Ha) is a
group of formula
SiR33
Description of the Drawings
The invention will now be described in more detail with reference to the
Figures in
which:

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Figure 1 is an XRPD spectrum of a crystalline compound prepared by a process
according to an embodiment of the invention;
Figure 2 is a Raman spectrum of a crystalline crystalline compound prepared by
a process
according to an embodiment of the invention; and
Figure 3 is a scanning electron microscope image of a crystalline crystalline
compound
prepared by a process according to an embodiment of the invention; and
Figure 4 is a LCMS spectrum of the product of a reaction between (2S,3S,5R)-3-
methy1-
343-methy1-1H-1,2,3-triazol-3-ium-1-yemethyl)-7-oxo-4-thia-1-
azabicyclo13.2.01heptane-2-carboxylate 4,4-dioxide and N,0-bis
trimethylsilylacetamide.
Detailed Description of the Invention
A process for preparing a compound of formula (IV) is illustrated in Scheme 1.

Scheme 1
0
R1 04 (-) R1 Ni
R1----\-71),<N--N,\ i) R1---\-14: , NJ, ii)
,L...(N _iõ.. _____________________________________________________ ).-
0-' C5'
= R2 = R2 )-----(N N N
R2 /1-'0 R2
0 0 \
Si R33
(I) (II)
0 (-) 0
R1 C4 R1 s-V
, N, X 0- Ri---
)77)<\ N,N,\ 4
R1 ,,,
1711)
l'.._.__µ'(-N-R
0/ 0/
- R2 = R2
________________________________________ I.-
R2 iii) R2
Si R33
(IV)
(III)
wherein:
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R1 in each occurrence is independently selected from H, halogen, amino, C1_5
alkyl, Ci_5
alkenyl and C1_5 alkynyl;
R2 in each occurrence is independently selected from H, halogen, amino, Ci_5
alkyl, Ci_5
alkenyl and C1_5 alkynyl;
R3 in each occurrence is independently selected from C1_10 hydrocarbyl and
C1_5 alkoxy,
optionally C1_5 alkyl, C1_5 alkoxy, phenyl, and phenyl-C1_4 alkyl;
R4 iS C1_5 alkyl; and
X is an anion.
Preferably, each R1 is H.
Preferably, each R2 is H.
Preferably, R4 is methyl.
Each of steps (i) ¨ (iii) will now be described in more detail.
Step (i): silylation
The carboxyl group of the compound of formula (I) is silylated in step (i).
Preferably,
silylation is carried out using an amide of formula (V):
R5
R3 )\ R3
1 \ i
R3¨Si-0 N-Si-R3
1 1
R3 R3
(V)
wherein R3 in each occurrence is independently selected from C1_10 hydrocarbyl
or C1-5
alkoxy, optionally C1_5 alkyl, Ci_5 alkoxy, phenyl, and phenyl-C1_4 alkyl, and
R5 is selected
from Ci_5 alkyl.
Preferably, each R3 is methyl. Preferably, each R5 is methyl.
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A preferred compound of formula (V) is N,0-bis trimethylsilylacetamide.
The reaction may be carried out in a polar aprotic solvent, optionally a
chlorinated
solvent such as dichloromethane.
The compound of formula (I) may be reacted with at least a molar equivalent of
the
compound of formula (V), optionally a molar excess of the compound of formula
(V).
However, the present inventors have surprisingly found that both of the silyl
groups of
the compound of formula (V) may be utilized in silylation of the compound of
formula
(I).
Accordingly, in a preferred embodiment the compound of formula (I) is reacted
with less
than a molar equivalent of the compound of formula (V), optionally no more
than 0.9
molar equivalents, optionally no more than 0.8, 0.7 or 0.6 molar equivalents.
The compound of formula (V) may be added to the reaction mixture in a single
addition
or may be added in two or more portions.
Step (ii): alkylation
The alkylation of step (ii) may be a C1_5 alkylation, preferably a
methylation.
Alkylation may be carried out with any suitable alkylating group, preferably a
compound
of formula (VI):
R4-X
(VI)
Wherein R4 is a Ci_5 alkyl group and X is a leaving group.
Preferably, R4 is methyl.
Optionally, X is selected from the group consisting of chloride, bromide,
iodide, and
sulfonates.
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Exemplary sulfonates are groups of formula (VII):
0
I I
R6¨ S¨ 0¨ *
1 1
0
(VII)
wherein R6 is selected from aryl, optionally phenyl, that may be unsubstituted
or
substituted with one or more substituents, and C1_5 alkyl wherein one or more
H atoms of
the C1_5 alkyl group may be replaced with F, and * represents a bond to R1 .
Exemplary
groups of formula (VII) include trifluoromethanesulfonate (triflate) and p-
toluenesulfonate (tosylate).
Preferably, wherein R6 is C1_5 alkyl wherein one or more H atoms of the C1_5
alkyl group
are replaced with F. More preferably, R6 is trifluoromethyl.
The reaction may be carried out any temperature up to the boiling point of the
reaction
mixture at atmospheric pressure. Surprisingly, the present inventors have
found that use
of a fluorinated alkyl R6 may allow the alkylation step to proceed at low
temperature,
optionally at a temperature of less than 20 C, optionally less than 10 C,
optionally at
about 0 C. The present inventors have further found that use of a fluorinated
alkyl R6
allows for a significantly faster reaction than use of halogen groups R6.
By use of a low temperature reaction using a fluorinated alkyl R6, evaporation
of volatile
alkylating agents, for example methyl iodide, may be reduced or eliminated.
Preferably, the silylated compound formed in step (i) is not isolated before
the alkylation
step.Compounds (II) and (III) of Scheme 1 carry a silyl protecting group
protecting the
carboxyl group of these compounds, however it will be appreciated that the
protecting
group for reaction step (ii) may be another protecting group PG. The skilled
person will
be aware of other protecting groups suitable for protecting the carboxyl group
of
compounds of formula (II) during the alkylation of step (ii). Exemplary
protecting
groups PG other than the group of formula SiR33 include allyl, which may be
removed
following alkylation using a metal 2-ethylhexanoate and Pd(0); groups which
may be
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removed by hydrogenolysis, for example benzyl, benzidryl and p-nitrobenzyl;
and groups
that can be removed with a base, for example fluorenylmethyl. Further
protecting groups
for protection of a carboxyl are described in Theodora W. Greene and Peter G.
M. Wuts,
"Protective Groups in Organic Synthesis", Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons,
Inc., the
contents of which are incorporated herein by reference.
Step (iii): Deprotection
The present inventors have found that the silyl group of the compound of
formula (III)
may be removed by treatment with 2-ethylhexanoates to yield a solid product,
and
treatment with a 2-ethylhexanoate can yield crystals of the compound of
formula (IV).
This is surprising because the present inventors have found that treatment
with methanol,
ethanol or isopropanol or the bases sodium hydroxide or sodium acetate yields
a non-
solid product, such as an oil, a gum or a gel, that cannot be readily be
converted to a solid
form.
Exemplary 2-ethylhexanoates are metal 2-ethylhexanoates. Suitable metals
include alkali
and alkali earth metals, for example lithium, sodium, potassium, calcium and
magnesium.
Preferably, the compound of formula (III) is not isolated before the
desilylation step.
The compound of formula (III) may be added to a solution of a metal 2-
ethylhexanoate to
produce crystals of the compound of formula (IV). Exemplary solvents for the
solution
are alcohols, preferably ethanol.
Crystallisation
The compound of formula (IV) may be amorphous or crystalline. Crystalline
compounds
of formula (IV) may be easier to handle and more stable than amorphous
compounds.
Methods of forming crystalline compounds of formula (IV) include, without
limitation,
dissolving or dispersing an amorphous compound of formula (IV) in a solvent or
solvent
mixture and inducing formation of crystals by adding one or more antisolvents
to the
solution or dispersion; cooling the solution or dispersion; and / or adding a
crystal of a
compound of formula (IV) to provide a nucleation point for crystallisation. An

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"antisolvent" as used herein means a liquid in which the compound of formula
(IV) has a
lower solubility than a solvent of the solution or dispersion that the
antisolvent is added
to.
Methods of crystallisation are described in GB 1319776.9, the contents of
which are
incorporated herein by reference.
Applications
Compounds of formula (IV) may be used in a pharmaceutical composition with one
or
more antibiotics, and may comprise one or more conventional pharmaceutically
acceptable excipient(s).
Compounds of formula (IV) may be administered in a composition with an
antibiotic, or
an antibiotic and a compound of formula (IV) may be administered separately.
A pharmaceutical composition as described herein may be in an injectable form
for
intravenous injection. The composition may contain stabilizing agents. The
composition
may be in suitable sterile solid form ready for reconstitution to form an
injectable
solution, for example a saline solution.
Exemplary antibiotics are p -lactam antibiotics, in particular penicillins and

cephalosporins and may be selected from Amoxicillin, Ampicillin, Apalcillin,
Azlocillin,
Bacampicillin, Carbenacillin, Cloxacillin, Dicloxacillin, Hucloxacillin,
Lenampicillin,
Mecillinam, Methacillin, Mezlocillin, Nafcillin, Oxacillin, Penicillin G,
Penicillin V,
Piperacillin, Temocillin, Ticarcillin, Aztreonam, BAL30072, Carumonam,
PTX2416,
Tigemonam, Cefaclor, Cefadroxil, Cefalexin, Cefalotin, Cefamandole, Cefapirin,

Cefazolin, Cefbuperazone, Cefdinir, Cefepime, Cefetamet, Cefixime,
Cefmenoxime,
Cefmetazole, Cefrninox, Cefonicid, Cefoperazone, Cefotaxime, Cefotetan,
Cefotiam,
Ceftiofur, Cefovecin, Cefoxtin, Cefpodoxime, Cefprozil, Cefquinome, Cefradine,

Cefminox, Cefsulodin, Ceftaroline,Ceftazidime, Ceftezole, Ceftibuten,
Ceftizoxime,
Ceftobiprole, Ceftolozane, Ceftriaxone, Cefuroxime, Cefuzoname, Cephalexin,
Cephalotin, Flomoxef, Latamoxef, Loracarbef Imipenem, Meropenem, Doripenem,
Ertapenem, Biapenem, Panipenem, Faropenem or derivatives thereof.
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The antibiotic may be selected from aminoglycosides: Amikacin, Arbekacin,
Apramycin,
Dibekacin, Gentamicin, Isepamicin, Kanamycin, Neomycin, Netilmicin,
Plazomicin,
Sisomicin, Spectinomyin, Streptomycin, Tobramycin or derivatives thereof.
The antibiotic may be selected from quinolones: Cinoxacin, Ciprofloxacin,
Enofloxacin,
Gatifloxacin, Gemifloxacin, Levofloxacin, Moxifloxacin, Nalidixic acid,
Norfloxacin,
Oxafloxacin, or derivatives thereof.
The antibiotic may be selected from antimicrobial peptides, for example
Colistin,
Polymyxin B or derivatives thereof.
A pharmaceutical composition as described herein may comprise only one or more
than
one antibiotic.
A pharmaceutical composition containing a crystalline compound of formula (I)
may
contain or be co-administered with bactericidal or permeability-increasing-g
protein
product (BPI) or efflux pump inhibitors to improve activity against gram
negative
bacteria and bacteria resistant to antimicrobial agents. Antiviral,
antiparasitic, antifungal
agents may also be administered in combination with the inhibitor compounds.
The pharmaceutical composition may contain complexing agents or
anticoagulants,
antioxidants, stabilizers, aminoglycosides, pharmaceutically acceptable salts
or the like or
mixtures thereof.
In particular the pharmaceutical composition may contain 13-lactam
antibiotics, preferably
penicillins, cephalosporins, carbapenem, monobactams, more preferably
piperacillin,
cefepime; ceftriaxone; meropenem, aztreonam.
The pharmaceutical composition may contain buffers, for example sodium
citrate,
sodium acetate, sodium tartrate, sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate,
morpholinopropanesulfonic acid, other phosphate buffers and the like and
chelating
agents like ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) ,
diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid,
hydroxyethylenediaminetriacetic acid, nitrilotriacetic acid, 1,2-
diaminocyclohexanetetraacetic acid, bis(2-aminoethyl)ethyleneglycoltetraacetic
acid,
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1,6-hexamethylenediaminetetraacetic acid and the like or pharmaceutically
acceptable
salts thereof.
A pharmaceutical composition as described herein may be administered to a
human or
warm-blooded animal by any suitable method, and preferably by intravenous
injection.
Examples
Synthesis of (2S,3S,5R)-3-methy1-3-((3-methy1-1H-1,2,3-triazol-3-ium-1-
y1)methyl)-7-
oxo-4-thia-1-azabicyclol3.2.01heptane-2-carboxylate 4,4-dioxide (4),
Compound (4) was prepared according to Scheme 2.
Scheme 2
(:)N (:) N/i
i) ii)
)N
N
0 0
0 0 Si
Tazobactam (1) (2)
0 0
0
ONa
Tf0-
,¨N
0
0
iii) 0
0
I (4)
(3)
i) N,0-bis-trimethylsilylacetamide, CH2C12; ii) CH30Tf; iii) Na 2-
ethylhexanoate
In a round bottom flask under nitrogen flow 100 g of Tazobactam acid (1) and
500 mL of
Dichloromethane are loaded. The temperature is adjusted to +30/35 C then 37 g
of N,O-
Bis(trimethylsily1) acetamide are loaded in 15-20 minutes maintaining the
temperature to
+35/42 C. The mixture is heated to reflux (+40/42 C) for 60 minutes. If the
solution is
not clear, N,O-Bis(trimethylsily1) acetamide is loaded in small portions (0,5-
1.0 g each)
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waiting 15 minutes every time till a clear solution containing intermediate
(2) is obtained.
0.55 moles of N,O-Bis(trimethylsily1) acetamide is used, with further 0.1-0.2
equivalents
being added if the reaction is not complete.
Then the temperature is cooled down to 01+5 C and 70 g of Methyl
trifluoromethanesulfonate are loaded in 60-90 minutes maintaining the
temperature at
01+5 C. After 30 minutes the reaction is monitored by HPLC to control the
disappearance
of intermediate (2) and formation of intermediate (3). The reaction is
monitored every 30
minutes until completion.
In a round bottom flask, under nitrogen, are loaded 500 mL of Ethanol and 55 g
of
Sodium 2-Ethylhexanoate and the temperature is adjusted to +20/25 C, then the
reaction
solution containing intermediate (3) is added in 60-90 minutes maintaining the

temperature of +20/25 C under vigorous stirring. The suspension is stirred for
30 minutes
then is filtered and washed with 300 mL of Ethanol followed by 500 mL of
Dichloromethane under nitrogen. The crude product (4) is dried under nitrogen
flow till
constant weight (150 g) is obtained. The crude product compound (4) was
isolated as a
solid product (HPLC assay = 70%, yield = 80%).
Purification of (2S,3S,5R)-3-methy1-343-methy1-1H-1,2,3-triazol-3-ium-1-
y1)methyl)-7-
oxo-4-thia-1-azabicyclol3.2.01heptane-2-carboxylate 4,4-dioxide (4)
In a round bottom flask 800 mL of Dimethylformamide are loaded, the
temperature is
adjusted to +20/25 C then crude Compound 4 (150g) obtained above is loaded
using 100
mL of Dimethylformamide to facilitate the transfer. The mixture is stirred for
5 minutes
and a solution is obtained, then and after a few minutes crystallization takes
place. The
suspension is stirred for about 3 hours, then is cooled to 0/+5 C and stirred
for another 3
hours.
The solid is filtered and washed with 300 mL of Dimethylformamide pre-cooled
to
045 C. Compound 4 is then suspended in 700 mL of Ethyl acetate and the
temperature is
adjusted to +40/45 C. The suspension is stirred for 30 minutes then the solid
is filtered
and washed with 150 mL of Ethyl acetate pre-heated to +40/45 C. The suspension
with
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Ethyl acetate is repeated twice. Finally Compound 4 is dried under vacuum at
+40 C till
constant weight is achieved (66 g, HPLC assay = 99%, yield = 76%).
Compound 4 Sterile filtration and recrystallization Procedure
In a round bottom flask 350 mL of Methanol are loaded, the temperature is
adjusted to
+30/35 C then 100 g of Compound 4 are loaded and finally the flask is washed
with 60
mL of Methanol. After 5-10 minutes a solution is obtained. The solution is
diluted with
330 mL of acetone adjusting the temperature to +20/+25 C. The obtained
solution is
treated with 2,2 g of charcoal for 20 minutes then filtered using a 0.22microM
filter and
the filter is washed with a mixture of 13 mL of Methanol and 110 mL of
Acetone. The
temperature of the solution is adjusted to +30/35 C and under vigorous
stirring 830 mL
of Acetone are loaded in about 15-20 minutes. After stirring for 60 minutes at

temperature of +30/35 C 1170 mL of Acetone are loaded in 45-60 minutes. Then
the
temperature is adjusted to +20/25 C in about 30-60 minutes and maintained for
30
minutes. The obtained crystalline solid is filtered and washed with 430 mL of
Acetone.
Finally the product is dried under vacuum at +40 C till constant weight is
achieved (83 g
of Compound 4) are obtained with an HPLC assay = 98-99%, yield =t 80%).
Figure 1 is an XRPD spectrum of crystalline Compound (4) acquired in
transmission
mode on a Rigaku MiniFlex 600 using the following conditions:
X Ray 40KVolt, 15 mA
Wavelength CuKalfa => lambda 1.541862A
Scan axis Theta / 2-Theta
Scan range 5.0000 - 60.0000 deg
Time acquisition 60 min
Figure 2 is a Raman spectrum of crystalline Compound (4) run on a Jasco RFT-
600: light
source: Nd-YAG ( 1064 nm : exciting wavelength).
Figure 3 is a scanning electron microscope image of crystalline Compound (4)
using a
JEOL JSM 5500 LV scanning electron microscope, operating at 30 kV in low
vacuum
(30 Pa) with the backscattered electron technique.

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Comparative Example 1
Silylation step (i) of Scheme 2 was performed using varying molar ratios of
the silylating
agent N,0-bis trimethylsilylacetamide (BSA).
Silylation using 1.2 equivalents of BSA at 20-25C as disclosed in WO
2008/010048
results in formation of an unidentified side-product, observable in LC-MS as
illustrated in
Figure 4.
With reference to Table 1, the quantity of this impurity can be greatly
reduced by using a
lower molar equivalent of BSA.
Table 1
BSA equivalents Temperature Ratio %
Impurity / silylated product
1.2 +30/35 C 24
1.8 0/5 C 73
0.5 +40/42 C 1.5
Comparative Example 2
Methylation step (ii) of Scheme 2 was performed using iodomethane, as
disclosed in WO
2008/010048,. and methyl tosylate. With reference to Table 2, reactions using
methyl
triflate are much faster, provide a higher yield, can be conducted at much
lower
temperatures and require a smaller amount of methylating agent than either
methyl
tosylate or iodomethane. Furthermore, use of methyl triflate at relatively low
temperature
avoids safety issues arising from toxicity of methylating agents used at
relatively high
temperature, such as use of iodomethane at or above its boiling point.
Table 2
Methylating Solvent Equivalents Reaction Temperature yield
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agent time
Iodomethane Acetone 7,2 22 h +45/48 C 44,3%
Me0Ts Acetone 7,2 25 h +45/48 C 54,1%
Me0Tf Acetone 1,4 30 min. 0/+5 C 98,0%
Me0Tf Acetone 1,4 30 min. +10/15 C 68,0%
Me0Tf THF 1,4 30 min. +15/20 C 67,0%
Me0Tf CH2C12 1,4 30 min. 0/+5 C 98,0%
Comparative Example 3
Desilylation step (iii) of Scheme 2 was attempted using a range of alcohols
such as
methanol, ethanol and 2-propanol. This approach led to recovery of product in
form of oil
or gel. These oils or gel were treated with different solvents such ACN, THF
and
Acetone, which gave complete dissolution and no solid material could be
recovered. Use
of diethyl ether, toluene, hexane and, heptane led to other gels and no solid
could be
recovered. Bases were tried to adjust pH to neutrality. For this purpose NaOH
solution,
AcONa (as is and in aqueous and organic solutions) and Sodium-2-ethylhexanoate
(as is
or in organic solutions) were tested. The use of sodium hydroxide in aqueous
solution led
to gel and gummy product. AcONa as is did not originate precipitation of any
solid. A
solid material containing Compound 4 was obtained using a mixture of sodium-2-
ethylhexanoate and ethanol as described in the Example above.
Although the present invention has been described in terms of specific
exemplary
embodiments, it will be appreciated that various modifications, alterations
and/or
combinations of features disclosed herein will be apparent to those skilled in
the art
without departing from the scope of the invention as set forth in the
following claims.
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